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335th EFS DFE highlights CENTCOM capabilities

B-52 Stratofortress from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, fly to U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Jan. 27, 2021.

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, flies in formation with U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Jan. 27, 2021. The B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, heavy bomber that is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes of up to 50,000 feet and can carry a myriad of different ordnances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Roslyn Ward)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform maintenance on an F-15E Strike Eagle at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 19, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform maintenance on an F-15E Strike Eagle at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 19, 2021. Dynamic deployments demonstrate the U.S. military’s ability to rapidly deploy combat power anywhere in the world in support of security and stability, and to respond to any contingency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) taxi at Al Dhafra Air Base (ADAB), United Arab Emirates, Jan. 19, 2021.

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) taxi at Al Dhafra Air Base (ADAB), United Arab Emirates, Jan. 19, 2021. F-15Es from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, deployed to ADAB to enhance U.S. Air Forces Central’s ability to deter aggression and promote security and stability within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Francis Hamer, 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle dedicated crew chief, inspects an F-15E at Al Dhafra Air Base (ADAB), United Arab Emirates, Jan. 19, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Francis Hamer, 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle dedicated crew chief, inspects an F-15E at Al Dhafra Air Base (ADAB), United Arab Emirates, Jan. 19, 2021. Maintenance personnel assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, rapidly deployed to ADAB in support of the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Austin Chamberlin, 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle dedicated crew chief, performs inspections on an F-15E deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 19, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Austin Chamberlin, 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle dedicated crew chief, performs inspections on an F-15E deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 19, 2021. Maintenance and aircrew personnel From Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, deployed as part of a Dynamic Force Employment, which is deliberately planned to occur on short timelines to exercise the U.S. Air Force’s ability to deploy and employ forces anywhere around the world at any moment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)

Two U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle dedicated crew chiefs assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (EAMXS) perform maintenance on an F-15E at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 19, 2021.

Two U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle dedicated crew chiefs assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (EAMXS) perform maintenance on an F-15E at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 19, 2021. It is the 380th EAMXS’s responsibility to ensure the F-15Es assigned to the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron maintain operational readiness by performing scheduled inspections, functional checks and preventive maintenance before and after each flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Francis Hamer, 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle dedicated crew chief, annotates maintenance information at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 19, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Francis Hamer, 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle dedicated crew chief, annotates maintenance information at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 19, 2021. Crew chiefs like Hamer are responsible for the general maintenance and repair of all parts on the F-15Es assigned to the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)

AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates --

In the modern era of warfighting, the ability of a nation to rapidly deploy and employ forces anywhere around the globe at a moment’s notice is critical to maintaining a competitive advantage for readiness.

To that end, personnel and aircraft assigned to the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron recently deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base in support of dynamic force employment, a short-term deployment strategy that manages U.S. forces in ways that are strategically unpredictable to adversaries, yet operationally predictable for supporting units.

“Our overall objective during this deployment is to increase the readiness of our squadron, both operations and maintenance,” said Lt. Col. David Gunter, 335th EFS commander. “We expect to accomplish this by exposing both our maintainers and aircrew to as many different and unique experiences while in theater as possible. This deployment is unique due to the multiple DFE and agile combat employment events we plan to accomplish in theater, and due to the mix of training and combat lines we are projected to fly.”

DFEs are unique deployments intended to familiarize crews with the region’s airspace and the process of working with air operations centers, partner nations, and operational task forces. The ability of the United States to move forces rapidly into the theater to seize, retain and exploit the initiative against an adversary is key to deterring potential aggression, and regularly exercising that ability only strengthens it.

“We are excited to integrate with the outstanding 380th Air Expeditionary Wing team,” said Gunter. “I expect that we will provide opportunities for the 380th to continue to develop their procedures for integrating units into the wing for short duration temporary duties and DFE events.”

DFE deployments are deliberately planned to occur on short timelines – and often with an element of strategic unpredictability – to demonstrate the U.S. Air Force’s capabilities while amplifying U.S. Air Forces Central's agility and strengthening capability resiliency.

“The 335th EFS deployment demonstrates agility and commitment to our partners and allies,” explained Col. Kristen Thompson, 380th Expeditionary Operations Group commander. “The deployed environment affords joint use airspace and interoperability for enhanced training and combat experience.  The 335th will conduct a wide variety of combat and training missions with joint and regional partners to improve squadron readiness and regional security.”